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England made to wait as rain claims morning session

There was no play before lunch at Headingley.

Rain washed out the second morning of England’s second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.

No play was possible before the scheduled 1pm break as the pitch and square remained firmly under covers.

Groundstaff worked to dry the outfield but persistent drizzle ruled out any chance of play, while the forecast was for disruption throughout the day including the threat of thunderstorms in Leeds.

England returned to the ground looking to build on a dominant first day, with captain Joe Root alongside nightwatchman Dom Bess at 106 for two in reply to Pakistan’s 174.

Root was waiting to resume on 29 after openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings made 46 and 29 respectively on Friday.

Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes had earlier taken three wickets apiece, with only Shadab Khan offering much resistance for Pakistan with a rapid tail-end half-century.

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